TN: Northern Rhones at Racines in NYC

A nice group gathered at Racines on Chambers Street last night to drink som e Northern Rhone reds. My first time at Racines, and I totally enjoyed, tho ugh it was a little sad to be BYOing with that great list. As we gathered, 3 whites made the rounds
1998 Chave Hermitage Blanc I'm not a big fan of Rhone whites, but this was pretty lovely, Wax, honey, flowers, powerful and full but not heavy. B+/A-
1997 Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc Deep golden color, seemed quite advanced. Surprisingly, I thought much bett er as it got air and got warm, seemed less oxidized and more honied. B/B-
2013 Lise & Bertand Jousset Singulier "Clos Aux Renard" Montlouis Crisp, nervy, dry, with wax and wool and excellent length.B+
We had an amuse of cauliflower veloute, good but not very cauliflowery
2000 Verset Cornas Pretty forward, nice depth, herby with a stemmy note, meaty, good length. A -
1995 Verset Cornas Lots of smoked meat, great acids, earth and flowers. A-/B+
My appetizer was lobster stuffed squash blossom with morcilla and carrot fo am, really very tasty
2001 Voge Cornas VV Brambly berry fruit, cow patty, spice. . Some brett, but a strain that appe als to me.A-/B+
1998 Voge Cornas VV Earth, pasture, black fruits. Nice texture on the finish. A-
Suzanne had a great idea, we split several orders of fregola "risotto" with chanterelles on top, very wine friendly
1988 Jaboulet "La Chapelle" Hermitage Black fruit,bacon, pepper, not a big vintage of La Chapelle but quite elega nt. A-
1996 Jaboulet "La Chapelle" Hermitage A bit riper, earthy, forest floor. B+
My main was the porcelet with squash and some delicious ricotta agnolotti
1998 Vallouit " Les Roziers" Cote-Rotie New one to me. Peppery, a little tart (Bill calls sour), slightly clipped. B-
1998 Jamet Cote-Rotie Corked., Too bad, I really liked this wine previous time I tried.
2001 Jamet Cote-Rotie Spicy, young, good but only wine I felt really needed more time. B
1999 Gaillard "Rose Pourpre" Cote-Rotie Black fruits and cedar, olives. B
We also had a cheese plate- Bayley Hazen is only one I noted name, but good . Diane had brought a bubbly: 2002 Clos Cazals Blanc de blanc Champagne Crisp, elegant, fresh baked croissant over pear fruit, quite floral. A-/B+
Nice night, really enjoyed wine, company, and restaurant. At end of night we did traditional 3/2/1 voting, with Paul using 2 hands (o ne for Bill who had departed, but Paul said he knew what Bill has said)
2000 Verset 14 1998 Voge 13 2001 Voge 8 1995 Verset 5 1996 Jaboulet 4 1988 Jaboulet 3 2001 Jamet 3 1999 Gaillard 1
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a p arty where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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DaleW

ome Northern Rhone reds. My first time at Racines, and I totally enjoyed, t hough it was a little sad to be BYOing with that great list. As we gathered , 3 whites made the rounds
, flowers, powerful and full but not heavy. B+/A-
tter as it got air and got warm, seemed less oxidized and more honied. B/B-
foam, really very tasty
peals to me.A-/B+
th chanterelles on top, very wine friendly
gant. A-
(one for Bill who had departed, but Paul said he knew what Bill has said)
e, B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objecti vity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency. I usually decant Rhone whites as I find that the oxidized note usually blow s of in time and decanting speeds up the process.
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in recent years the remaining Verset wines in marketplace have skyrockets past my level, but I sure enjoyed them "back in the day"
The 2000 was my last bottle.
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DaleW

Sad news, Dale. Thanks for the heads-up. I have many fond memories of Verset's Cornas, a wine that helped cement my love of N Rhone Syrah. Like you, I've been priced out of recent vintages, and I drank my last Verset Cornas a few years ago now. The memories will live on, however.
Mark Lipton
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Mark Lipton

Oh, so Franck Balthazar is also a nephew of his, like the Verset I got recently.
My next tasting is north rhone and I will have both the baltharzar and the alain verset.
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